This is the weirdest email I think I've ever sent. I hate this so much. But I love it at the same time. I am so excited to see all of you!! Dah. I can't believe that my 18 months passed so quickly. I seriously cannot believe that I come home in like .7 days..... super weird.
I've done a LOT of reflection lately. Just reflecting on my mission, life, and the lives of those around me, and of course the Savior's life. And I am just so grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have been given. I would not trade anything for the world. I love that Heavenly Father can take our experiences and mold them into what experiences that we need to become better. The other day, Sister Montgomery and I were talking about my younger days (when I wasn't as smart and humble... :)) and I was thinking about my teeth breaking experience. I knew that I needed to sit down, but because I didn't; I was placed into a humbling situation that ultimately helped me to come on a mission sooner. (I don't know if this makes sense, but whatever) I am just so grateful for Heavenly Father's hand in my life.
This week was pretty weird though. And I have a feeling that this week will be quite similar. We had a pretty awesome 4th of July though. We had a Ward Breakfast. And then we went to lunch with a family from the ward. Nothing says "America" like Mexican food. :) and then we visited some folks. And then we had dinner with the Farthings at IGA. I love those old people. :) And then Megan and Johnny Newcomb (siblings) came and picked us up and took us to Centralia for fireworks and shakes. :) It was a lot of fun. We played 3 flies up with the Elders before it got too dark. And then we took some hilarious district pictures. It was a way fun day. The fireworks were kind of lame. But you win some, ya lose some. People told us there was going to be an American Flag firework and we were stoked. But there wasn't one..... lame. Oh well.
whoo. this is where it gets to the lame part. and where I get a little emotional. (and when I say emotional, I mean emotional. I'm such a baby.) I cried today because I'm not going to be able to drive/ ride in a mission car anymore. And yesterday I teared up because I was so excited. And then I've teared up because I'm so sad. I just have a lot of feelings.
I love being a missionary. This truly is the Lord's work. He guides it. And He lets us help Him.
I have loved being able to see the Atonement at work. And not only that, but seeing it change people so quickly. The gospel applied truly changes people. I know that because it has changed me. I know that Christ's Atonement works for others, because it works for me. None of us are an exception to the Atonement. None of us. I know that we have an adversary in Satan, but more importantly, we have an Advocate in Christ. And He will help us if WE will let Him.
I know that God loves me. I know that He is ever aware of me. "Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in;" [Alma 26:37] That is so true. I have never felt my Heavenly Father and Savior so close than here on my mission-- because I needed Them and still need Them. I know that They know exactly where I am at and what I am feeling.
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That it WILL bring us closer to Christ than any other book. I stand by that statement-- firm and unchanging. I truly have come closer to Jesus Christ through the Book of Mormon. I love the Bible. It holds God's word, but it will not bring someone closer to Christ than the Book of Mormon will. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. Written for you. Written for me. Its intent is to bring us closer to our Savior. And if we will read it with true intent, a humble heart, and seeking truth through prayer and study we "will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." [Introduction to the Book of Mormon; emphasis added]
I testify that God has indeed called a prophet in our day. Joseph Smith was called to be the prophet of the Restoration. He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. He was the instrument our Heavenly Father used to restore Christ's true church on the earth today. The Priesthood has been restored. We are so blessed to live in a time where we have the Priesthood again on the earth. That we don't have to search for truth and not be able to find it. I know that President Thomas S. Monson IS the prophet on the earth today. He is God's mouth piece to the world. If we will follow his teachings-- ultimately Christ's teachings-- we will NOT go astray.
I am grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I know that God has a plan for us. That He sees the whole train track. (That's an analogy... I'll explain it at some other date) This life is not the end. Or the beginning.
I love this gospel. I love everything about it. I know it is true. I love being a member. And I have absolutely loved being a missionary.
I love the Missouri St Louis Mission. Being a part of this mission has changed my life. I am so grateful for the friends I have made out here (whether I was companions with them or not.)
I will surely miss this place. But I'll be back.
Sister Sadie Leavitt
| someone just proposed at McDonalds..... check out Elder Clifford. hahahahahahaha|
|Centralia. Your Opportunity.|